Sunday, 11 October 2015

American Myths

The NRA's argument that more guns leads to less crime is intellectually bankrupt; only a total moron would believe that argument.
  • Statistically speaking, guns are rarely used in self-defense, and thus cannot be defended on the grounds that they can reliably defuse crimes while they are happening. 
  • The NRA bases its claim that guns are used millions of times a year in self-defense on a discredited study from 1995 that has not been validated in a single academic paper. 
  • Concealed Carry Laws are not associated with decreases in crime, and sophisticated analyses show that, in some cases, there is an increase in aggravated assaults associated with concealed carry laws. 
  • The best studies to date, using proxies to estimate gun availability, show that more guns lead to more crime.
The positive correlation between crimes that are murders, and gun ownership. Crime and Murder rates from the UNODC.

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